"Even those who favour opening up markets and liberalising trade oppose the TPP, since its backroom process inherently privileges incumbent industries, giving the largest companies even more market share and more power to set policies that stifle competition and innovation.
International agreements like the TPP, and the non-transparent Fast Track/Trade Promotion Authority process, provide the perfect venue for industry lobbyists to push for policies the general public would never accept if they were done in the open or attempted as legislation in Congress. Special interest groups like the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) who helped write the resoundingly rejected Sopa and Pipa internet censorship bill are literally paying for a seat at the table, shaping the TPP to make sure it prioritises the profits and power of multinational corporations over people’s basic online rights to communicate and express themselves.
The latest draft of the TPP’s intellectual property chapter (which again, we only have access to thanks to Wikileaks) shows the Obama administration’s United States Trade Representative (USTR) is pushing for extremist copyright and internet policy provisions that would incentivize internet service providers to monitor more of their users’ activities, threatening online privacy. The TPP would also undermine “fair use” limitations intended to protect freedom of speech from overzealous copyright enforcement, harshen criminal prosecution for whistleblowers and journalists, and open the door for global internet censorship by setting up a system to remove allegedly “infringing” content from the web without a court order."
I got a reply from Paul Ryan (whom I like rather more than not) and I saw the same line about China that the President used:
"Thank you for contacting me with your thoughts regarding Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). I appreciate you taking the time to let me know your views on this important issue.
As you may know, TPA is the process by which Congress grants the administration authority to negotiate trade deals in exchange for setting the negotiation parameters for the administration. By taking the recommendations of Congress, the consultative relationship between Congress and the administration improves. Furthermore, because the administration's negotiating parameters are set by Congress, TPA not only allows the United States to negotiate from a position of strength and unity, but also allows Congress to have its voice heard.
Currently, the United States is negotiating two major trade deals. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would represent a major trade deal with Asian markets. The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would be a breakthrough trade agreement with Europe. Today's global economy represents a huge economic opportunity for Wisconsin businesses that export products, and whether we choose to engage or not, these markets are going to be open for business. Trade agreements are crucial to the American economy. In fact, one in five American jobs is tied to trade. This is especially important in Wisconsin where trade supports over 785,000 jobs. The United States has a choice to make: do we want to be at the negotiating table helping craft the policy or do we want to let another country - like China - write the rules? TPA allows us to be in the driver's seat.
In January, during his State of the Union address, President Obama requested that Congress pass TPA. Without TPA, our country cannot get the best trade agreements for U.S. workers and businesses. Trade agreements allow the United States to have greater access to foreign economies, which means expanded opportunities and higher incomes for taxpayers in America. In 2013, dairy exports from Wisconsin grew by 41 percent. In fact, Wisconsin's dairy exports are now bigger than our beef exports. However, under current rules, we cannot export our dairy products to the expanding markets in Asia. A trade agreement would solve this problem, and bring more jobs and higher incomes to Wisconsin."
Again, from Evan Greer's article the TPP "extremist copyright and internet policy provisions that would incentivize internet service providers to monitor more of their users’ activities, threatening online privacy. The TPP would also undermine “fair use” limitations intended to protect freedom of speech from overzealous copyright enforcement, harshen criminal prosecution for whistleblowers and journalists, and open the door for global internet censorship by setting up a system to remove allegedly “infringing” content from the web without a court order."
If the cost of more business and better jobs is the loss of all those freedoms, I think we can do better. I think we must do better.http://www.theguardian.com/media-network/2015/may/08/trans-pacific-partnership-obama-irony